OSAMU TEZUKA

The “god of manga”, Osamu Tezuka alone created comics with epic stories and established the foundation of anime culture in Japan. His legacy continues through his influence of many noted manga artists, including Fujiko F. Fujio and Mitsuteru Yokoyama (author of Tetsujin 28-go). Tezuka produced a series of popular manga hits for over 40 years until his death in 1989. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, located where he grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo Pref., and managed by Takarazuka City, exhibits a number of precious historical materials and works of manga and anime.

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One of his masterpieces, Tetsuwan ATOM (Astro Boy), became the first domestically produced 30-minute TV anime series in Japan. Tezuka not only drew the original manga but also handled the animation production. He adopted a method called “limited animation” requiring simplified motion while allowing the story itself to bring true strength to the work. This labor-saving technique had an enormous influence on subsequent Japanese anime works. Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight), inspired by watching many performances of the all-girl Takarazuka Revue, helped establish a genre called “girl manga.” Black Jack, which drew on his knowledge as a medical doctor, helped launch the medical manga genre.

In the library at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, you can see his works translated into various languages from around the world.

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

7-65 Mukogawa
Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo Pref.

FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
Jinrikisha(Rickshaw)
人力車
Character bento
キャラ弁
Decorate anything
デコる
Shrine visit
参拝
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Shinjuku
新宿
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Shuri Castle
首里城
Utaki
御嶽
International Avenue
国際通り
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Netherland
Odin Sphere
Italy
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Indonesia
Kamen Rider The Next
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Kyoto Streetcar
嵐電
Fushimi Inari Taisha
伏見稲荷大社
Shohekiga
障壁画
Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
Cosmetics
化粧品
WASABI
山葵
URUSHI
漆芸
RAMEN
ラーメン
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
TABAIMO
Nerhol
YAYOI KUSAMA
MANABU IKEDA
NEBUTA MATSURI
MENBURYU
AWA ODORI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
KARATEDO
空手
NOH
KENDO
剣道
SADO
茶道
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工